The PIMS application has the ability to run on an iPad by using a Citrix or remote desktop connector application. This allows an inspector to use PIMS in the field and update the application in real time, which saves time and money. It is a lot less cumbersome than a laptop, it has a sleek design, and it is very easy to carry in and out of buildings.
Many cities are interested in seeing a demonstration of the PIMS application running on an iPad. Several cities are planning to purchase, (or have purchased) an iPad to test PIMS in their city. Please let us know if you would like a demonstration or more information.
As you may have heard, the credit card industry now has a set of rules that must be followed to maintain the security of credit card transactions. This set of requirements is called “PCI-DSS.”
One of the requirements of PCI-DSS is that password complexity, length, and expiration must follow certain rules for any application (like Class) that transmits or stores credit card numbers. These rules are the same as those in place for creating your network passwords.
The cities of St. Louis Park, Eagan, Minnetonka, and Maple Grove, have already gone through the process of becoming PCI-DSS password compliant. For the remaining cities that use Class, LOGIS will soon be making changes that will require compliance. LOGIS will schedule the changes with you and your IT staff. To be PCI-DSS compliant, Class passwords must meet the following requirements:
For the past dozen years, the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) has sponsored the Excellence.gov Awards to recognize outstanding government programs that use information technology in an especially effective and/or innovative manner. This year’s Awards program considered over 110 nominations from Federal, state and local governments throughout the nation. I’m very proud to announce that LOGIS was a finalist winner for the Excellence in Governmental Collaboration category.
As Kenneth Allen, Executive Director of the Organization noted:
“A panel of government and industry judges deemed the LOGIS program to be one of the best in the nation. This is a tribute to you and your team. It is also recognition of your organization’s commitment to improving the ability of government to serve citizens more effectively. “
Teri Takai, the speaker at the Excellence.gov Awards luncheon and Chief Information Officer from the Department of Defense said, “the Excellence.gov Awards recognize our nation’s premier information technology innovations across Federal, state and local government.” Congratulations upon being in this select group, and thank you for your service to the country.
During the month of March, the six LOGIS Assessing cities mailed over 100,000 Valuation Notices to every property owner in their city. Working with LOGIS and a local mailing service, they were able to deliver them to the property owners at the lowest possible cost using bulk postage rates and Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMB) to further reduce the cost.
Last year LOGIS added the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization (LBAE) module to assist the Assessors with concerns property owners might have about their valuation. This module creates a detailed Board Packet to clearly validate the property valuation based on sales of comparable properties. To further assist the assessor, this year, working with the LOGIS GIS department, the LBAE module was enhanced to include an automated map which displays similar properties for comparison.
We experienced an excellent turnout for the Spring meeting of the LOGIS Utility Billing User Group on Thursday, April 5!
Advanced Utility Systems, our software vendor, was in attendance and a representative from HiQube, a division of Altair and an Advanced Utility Systems partner, presented Business Intelligence Solutions for Utilities. We also welcomed guests from St. Paul Regional Water Services that wished to see firsthand the interaction during and the benefits of our semi-annual forum.
LOGIS presentations updated users with specific information regarding timelines for and progress against our various implementation projects, including Infinity.Link and Bill Print Outsourcing.
Advanced Utility Systems provided information to the group regarding current version build enhancements, including the availability of the Infinity.Link iPhone application by the end of April (with the Android application following soon after). Advanced also gave us a ‘first look’ at Version 4 of CIS Infinity and insights regarding their ongoing development plans for this next major software upgrade.
Finally, our always-looked-forward-to concluding potluck luncheon afforded another welcome opportunity for our members and guests to network and share/discuss best practices across utility billing.
LOGIS has completed the setup of two members’ servers on the LOGIS Managed Services backup service. These members no longer need to worry about managing their backups, all data is transferred to LOGIS and managed by our network administrators.
LOGIS also completed the setup and cutover of South Metro Fire to our managed server service. South Metro Fire now utilizes a shared set of servers at LOGIS, eliminating the need to maintain their own servers and software.